TEMPORARY NOTICE FOR VISITATION
Keeping a Sanctuary Afloat
We have received many inquiries about why we have decided to no longer
accept animals at the Pig-A-Sus Homestead Sanctuary. So instead of
repeating over and over, that we are out of funds, I have decided to
show persons what we and I am sure many others in the same situation
1. Our number one priority is the facility. You have to make sure that
you have a safe, healthy and most of all clean facility for your
animals, so that you are not having additional cost for illness or
infections. This means good brands of cleaners that do not have a lot of
pesticides. (Monthly cost apx. $50.00)
2. You have in the winter added expense for bedding and the price of
straw (in our area $5.00 per bale monthly $ 100.00) in some places in
the east they do not have straw in which they are using a lot of small
bales of hay (Min. cost $ 8.00 to 11.00 bale)
3. In the summer there is added expense for water on top of your normal
utilities (for us starting in May our water bill jumps to $ 350/$500.00
per month until September when we start to drop)
BUT the winter expense starts to kick in. For us it is the wood for the
heater for the (proven to be an excellent choice for health for the
potbelly pig) which is $1,400.00 per semi load, (we use 3 loads min. per
year) vs. the cost of propane/ electricity, plus out solar panel units
really help with winter expense for heat also in the therapy unit.
4. You have your feed, supplements, treats. This based on just our
facility runs in the summer when cost is lower than in winter as we
double the feed when the temperatures hit the “freezing” mark, so that
the potbelly pig does not use the “stored body fat” for excessive heat.
Not all of our potbelly pigs are in the “heated hut” program, due to the
fact of the economy this last year, we have not been able to construct
the main “community” building, which in the long term aspect, would
cheapen the overall winter expense maybe a 1/3.
5. . You then have your vet bills, again for our facility based on 70
potbelly pigs, roughly in the neighborhood $6,500/7,000. Per year
including vet fees, vaccinations, worming and does not include a type of
Emergency. The Pig-A-Sus is very lucky to have a vet on board that has
never told us no to any type of treatment that is needed in an emergency
and never “made us feel inadequate when having to ask for arrangements
These are things that really count when you have a Rescue, having
persons work with you, especially now in this state of economy. The
people who support what you are doing are the people who make this work.
We have never been lucky enough to have steady volunteers, as they see
the work that is required .
In some cases, the ultimate choice has to be made when the expense over
rides the quality of life, It isn’t the people who visit occasionally,
those who sometimes have a few extra dollars to donate to help out, or
those who come 1 or 2 times a year for the Open Houses ( which again
sometimes no matter the organization , cost the organization money), who
deal with the problems both financial, emergencies, and hard core
choices, it is the people who have chosen to give animals an extra
chance. It is very hard to watch causing lots of sleepless nights to
look at animals that people just no longer want and think they will just
relinquish to a facility. It is very irritating when they say, “Oh, we
have to give you a fee to take our animal?” This is ever so true in the
world of the Potbelly Pig, Where do they think we get our funding to
provide homes for the unwanted animals?
On top of all of the extremely necessary dollars needed to provide a
quality of life for the animal, you have the cost of insurances, taxes
on the property, office, fuel, bank fees, web site care, added to the
This isn’t anything that does not happen to any rescue, many are lucky
to have great supporters, able to obtain grants repeatedly, some are
County supported and even nationally supported. As none of this, with
the exception of the Mesa County Project P.U.P’s program Spay & Neuter,
our local TV station KKCO, KEKB radio and at times when we pressure our
local newspapers will do an article, is seemingly available for Potbelly
Pig rescues not only here, but anywhere in the USA. It is sad that they
became such a wonderful pet in the 1980’s just to be ignored in the
We do have several supporters that have been with us from the very
beginning who know that it is a “Struggle” at times to continue. But we
have always had our “fall back” plan which is no longer going to be
Maybe this will explain to those of you who have wanted to know about
why we are posting that we can no longer take additional potbelly pigs
for our facility. It is with regret that it has come to this, but we
feel it is the only choice that we have to assure that the potbelly pigs
that are now here have the quality of life they so deserve.
In good years we have been able to pinch corners by supplementing with
our income and make a wonderful facility for our animals. In the last
few years with the economy failing and our job situations at risk daily,
that is no longer a possibility, so our only choice is “Not to be able
to take additional animals Which is a very heart breaking decision, but
a reality one.” We have overcome a lot in the past, the floods (yes
there has been 2), the wind destruction and the epidemic of the
mycoplasma pneumonia, the heat and winters and lack of volunteers.
We will still have a web site so please check it when you have a moment.
We will also still be available for consultations, problem solving, vet
referrals and most of all, trying to help cities and counties find a
“happy medium” for the potbelly pig pet owner to be able to keep their
beloved pet in their own home.
We will still be available for “school and special needs” visits. But
may have to begin a fee as all have been “free” in the past.
WE WILL JUST NOT BE ABLE TO ACCEPT MORE POTBELLY PIGS
PLUS, someday, somehow, we will convince the Government in Counties,
States and the whole USA, that these are one of the best COMPANION
ANIMAL THAT ANYONE COULD HAVE.
We are now taking visitation by appointment only for the
Please call 970-858-9628 or 970-858-3204 a scheduled time
as we will have no one to show you around due to work schedules
AS OF JANUARY 1, 2013 THERE WILL BE A FEE FOR VISITATION
Pig-A-Sus Homestead Sanctuary
Sioux & Rocky Bartels
Please do not Judge us by decisions...
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